ugg ascot slipper Counterfeit arrests linked to earlier bust
In December of 2014, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department seized millions of dollars in counterfeit items from the Name Brand Closeouts at 1710 Flemingsburg Road in Morehead.
Investigators with the sheriff’s office worked in cooperation with the Attorney General’s Office to arrest two persons who were suppliers for Jamie and George Skaggs, owners of Name Brand Closeouts.
Ben L. Huang and Xiao P. Tang, both of Flushing, New York, were arrested at the Preston Court Days on Oct. 18 and charged with counterfeiting intellectual property.
Huang and Tang are linked to other counterfeit distribution but only had a small amount of product at the time of their arrest.
Both were lodged in the Montgomery County Detention Center.
Additionally, Shijin N. Dong of Lexington and Lifen Chen of New York City were arrested at Preston Court Days on the same date and charged with counterfeiting intellectual property.
Dong and Chen also are being housed in the Montgomery County Detention Center.
Undercover agents purchased items from both groups in multiple locations at the event. Experts from Advanced Investigation Services assisted in the operation.
Investigators said that the tools Huang and Tang had to produce counterfeit items were very advanced. Tools included specific branding, sheets of tags, and fabric manufacturing tools. These items are shipped in from other countries where they use child labor and the money is often used for human trafficking, drug trade, and terrorist activities,” said Sheriff Matt Sparks. “We wouldn’t commit effort to this if it wasn’t hurting anyone. It is organized crime any way you look at it and is linked to international smuggling in which the money is being used for illegal activities.”